Bianca Belair recently spoke with Newsweek.com where she discussed the origins of EST and who created the idea to use her hair as a weapon.
On what EST means:
“I actually pulled it from my real childhood. As a child I was always naturally very athletic, naturally smart and did well in school and every sport that I did,” Belair said. “And a lot of times, people would tell me that I was showing off or that I think I was better than everyone else. So when I was young I would make myself smaller so I wouldn’t stand out. I would pretend I couldn’t do five pull ups in gym class so people wouldn’t think I was trying to be better than them. I pulled from that to turn it into Bianca Belair, someone who doesn’t do that. I shine, I’m good, I have no problem telling you I’m better, faster, stronger than you, and it’s up to you to deal with it.”
On Sara Amato coming up with the hair whip:
“I was like ‘What?’ So I tried to hit her, and I didn’t think much of it, but it started from there. I was in the ring with Ruby Riott, and I hit her and it made this loud noise. That was the first time that I realized that this can be a threat in the ring, and I can use it to my advantage.”